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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Hannah's Prayer (1 Samuel 2:2)

"There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God."

Instead of exchanging heated words with Peninnah or defending herself against Peninnah's provocations Hannah goes to the temple and prays to the Lord. Her prayer reveals her view of God:
  • God is strong (verse 1)
  • God is holy (verse 2)
  • God is without a rival (verse 2)
  • God is reliable (verse 2)
  • The Lord is the giver and taker of life (verse 6)
  • The rich and the poor are dependent upon the LORD (verse 7)
  • God exalts the poor and the needy (verse 8)
  • God guards the way of His saints but He silences the wicked (verse 9)
  • God shatters those who oppose Him (verse 10)
  • God speaks about future events and people (verse 10b)
Are your prayers anemic, weak in content, weak in the greatness of God? What do your prayers reveal about your view of God? That He is weak and unwilling to give assistance? That His power is limited?

Knowing Scripture enhances your ability to pray large prayers. Familiarity with the stories and God's activity among His people bolsters your faith into an unwavering boasting of God's ability and His willingness to intervene on your behalf. Anxiety dissolves as you surrender your problems (small and large alike) to the Living God. Just as Hannah's prayers captivated the heart of God so too can your prayers capture His heart.

Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
1 Samuel 2:1-10
  • What does Hannah's prayer teach you about God's regard for the righteous and His response to the wicked?
  • What does Hannah understand about the strong? The weak?
Psalm 113
  • What verse is found in both Hannah's prayer and in this Psalm?
  • What does this verse teach you about the attitude one must have before the Lord?
1 Samuel 2:11-21
  • How are Eli's sons described?
  • What does this tell you about the priesthood as Israel transitions from the time of the judges to the time of the kings?
Judges 14:1-16:22
  • Describe the type of woman that draws Samson's attention. What does this tell you about Samson?
  • Why is Samson's wife disloyal to him?
  • From where does Samson receive his strength?
  • Four of the seven times the Spirit of the Lord is mentioned in Judges is in reference to Samson. What happens to him when the Spirit of the Lord comes upon him?
  • Describe Samson's relationship with his brethren.
  • How do the Philistines treat Delilah and her family?
  • What does this tell you about the Philistines?
  • What parallels to their behavior do you see in our culture today?
Turning truth into prayer: Personalize Hannah's prayer. Brag on the Lord. Thank Him. Love on Him. Worship Him. Ask the Lord to enlarge your view of God.